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DEREK MAXFIELD IS NEW WEST JORDAN FIRE CHIEF By Erin Dixon | email@example.com
erek Maxfield was sworn in as West Jordan Fire Chief on Jan. 10. Maxfield has worked as a firefighter for 20 years. His career led him through paramedic school, station captain, battalion captain and the fire marshal’s office. In addition to his practical experience, he also has a master’s of public administration from Brigham Young University. Though brand new to West Jordan, Maxfield feels prepared for his role. “I spent the last five years working with [the chief] more in an administrative role and working with the budget and personnel issues, a lot of that kind of stuff,” he said. Most of his responsibilities will keep him in the office, working with city administration and council. A fire chief only goes on scene if it there is a significant problem. Last year, the city increased property taxes by 18 percent. The funds from that increase have been used for public safety, including new firefighters and fire equipment. “I feel like the West Jordan Fire Department is in a good spot right now,” Maxfield said. “That increase of nine firefighters was extremely helpful; it really helps our staffing and our crews to effectively get the job done.” Those additional nine positions have been filled, and there is new equipment on the way replacing outdated vehicles. “We’ve got a new ladder truck that is currently being built,” he said. “We’re looking at purchasing another engine. Then we’re in the process of ordering two new ambulances.” The city council was very complimentary in its acceptance of Maxfield as fire chief. “It is my pleasure to recommend the hiring of Derek Maxfield as the next fire chief of the city of West Jordan,” said David Brickey, city manager. “Chief Maxfield is a third generation firefighter, raised in the state of Utah and someone we’re damn lucky to get,” There’s a lot of excitement to bring Maxfield over. “We are thrilled to have him join us,” Councilmember Chris McConnehey said. Check out westjordanjournal.com for more stories on fire and police needs and the property tax increase last year to meet them. See link for information on fire and police needs. These needs were subsequently met by the increase in West Jordan property tax. l
Derek Maxfield with his family and West Jordan City Council on the night he officially swears in as Fire Chief. (Erin Dixon / City Journals)
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Dragon’s Breath, a high school team from AISU opens the 2019 Wasatch Improv Festival with flair. (Chelsea Hull)
rganizers of the second annual Wasatch Improv Festival (WIF) were a little worried going into their second year. The first year of the festival had been a great success and was already being mentioned as one of the best festivals of the year by some performers. But in the end, they didn’t have to sweat a drop as the second installment of the WIF was bigger and better than ever. Thirty teams, representing 11 states, came to Utah to perform improv comedy at the Midvale Performing Arts Center. The event lasted three days and included not only performances for people to attend, but also classes and special events. All in all, it was 72 hours straight of good times and an improv lovefest. “We really wanted this to be a great showing,” said WIF board member Jason Wild. “Last year was so much fun, but it was good to take what we learned from our first year and see the improvements to this year’s festival. And I’m excited to do it again next year and raise the bar even higher.” For those unfamiliar with the art form known as improv, here’s a quick rundown. Actors perform scenes without a script and usually only a small suggestion from the audience. They have to rely on, and trust, their teammates to help them create these
scenes. Some of you might be acquainted with the television show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. But that is just the tip of the iceberg of improv. Within that vague description there are an unlimited number of paths performers can take to entertain. At the Wasatch Improv Festival there was everything from musical, mystery, vaudeville, father-son, married, abstract, short-form, long-form, and full-on audience experience acts. “One of the main goals of the Festival is to showcase as many types of acts as we can,” said Jesse Marcus, another WIF board member. “There is a definite style of improv in Utah and we wanted our audiences to see what else is out there.” For three straight days in Midvale the crowds saw the best that improv offers. Performers from throughout the US were represented and given a chance to show what their area had to offer. There was over 12 hours of made-up comedy. Classes are also a big part of the Wasatch Improv Festival. Besides the outof-state teachers that WIF brings in, they also offer what is called a “Free Lunch” class. Here, actors get to come and get a free improv lesson from seasoned professionals and also get a free lunch during the class. This year’s sponsors of the lunch-
time classes were “The Womansplaining Podcast” and “SLC Nerd.” Other sponsors of the festival included the Midvale Arts Council, FanX, The Utah Symphony, Life of the Party Entertainment, Five Wives Vodka, B. True Design, and the improv troupe Quick Wits. With the main goal of the WIF board being to make the festival bigger and better than last year, the success was apparent. Many actors felt a sense of community with this festival and remarked on how inclusive everything was during their stay. “Usually at a festival I’m going to do my classes and my set, but then I’m hanging out in my hotel room,” said teacher/ performer Elke Reid. “But this festival just kept having great things to do and so many wonderful acts. I didn’t want to leave the theater.” True to her word, Reid didn’t leave the Midvale Performing Arts Center until nearly 5 a.m. on Sunday. So now it’s on to next year. What will the members of the Wasatch Improv Festival do to top what is already being called one of the top festivals? No one really knows. But when it comes to improv, there is one thing you can count on… They’ll make something up. l
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ligned Energy purchased the former Fairchild Semiconductor building (3333 West 9000 South) in March 2018. It has since converted it into a datacenter, and PayPal is soon to be its newest tenant. PayPal will bring about 20 employees to the location, and other companies will occupy the building in the near future. Don McDaniel, PayPal project lead stated in a press release, “PayPal is excited to work with the city of West Jordan and other governing bodies to develop a mutually beneficial data center project in Salt Lake County[.] “PayPal aims to have a positive impact in every community where we have a presence, and West Jordan is no different.” Aligned Energy plans to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2021. Most data centers take massive amounts of energy and water to not only power their servers but to cool them. As technology progresses, the size of a microchip decreases, but the heat generated by many tiny microchips together increases. Cooling the machines is necessary to keep them running, and that cooling can take massive amounts of energy. Aligned Energy officials say they have a unique cooling system that allows them to use 85 percent less water and 80 percent less energy than a traditional data center. Phill Lawson-Shanks, Aligned Energy’s
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Valentine’s Day ideas By Michelynne McGuire | email@example.com
Abbey the Cavapoo poses with a homemade Valentine’s Day card wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day. (Michelynne McGuire/City Journals)
ere are some ideas and places around the valley for a Valentine’s date and some budget savvy ideas for Valentines. Romantic: Does your honey have to work on Valentine’s Day? That’s not romantic…but perhaps doing one sweet deed a day is the best way to make it up to your honey. Help them feel extra appreciated with one sweet gesture a day leading up to Feb. 14. Outdoorsy: Don’t let cold temperatures stop you from celebrating Valentine’s in the great outdoors. Dress warmly and try these ideas: Ice Skating: Gallivan Center, Ice Rink Hotline: (801) 535-6117. For more details check out their website: www.thegallivancenter.com/skiing: Some ski resorts offer retreats, spa specials and romantic dinners for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. This website: www.skiutah.com helps you navigate different resort websites for information. Ice Castles: Journey to Midway and walk hand-in-hand around magnificent illuminated ice formations. www.icecastles. com Giving back: The hopeful animals at local animal shelters could use some love too.The Sandy Animal Services Department doesn’t need volunteers, but they do allow good willed people to visit and give the animals attention in their pet/play room during normal business hours. Sandy Animal Services Department is located at 8751 S. 700 West in Sandy. (801) 352-4450 Indoorsy: If you and your love opt out of crowds this year…perhaps, make a fun recipe together, cookies, cupcakes, or whatever your fancy…and then paint or draw one
another to the best of your artistic abilities. Singles/miscellaneous: Sumo Wrestling! Yes, you can rent a sumo suit with some friends from Canyon Party Rental, LLC (801) 836-7700. For more information their website is: www.canyonpartyrental. com Relaxing: Massages. Many places offer couples massages. For seniors: “Draper’s best kept secret.” That’s according to Draper Senior Center’s office specialist Lisa Campbell. The senior center offers an array of fun things for seniors to do and socialize. And it is free for seniors aged 60+ and free for spouses under 60 if they are married to a member who is at least 60. It’s open to seniors living in all areas. There is a workout facility, classes offered and even a café serving generous portions at good prices. Their Valentine’s Day event, a ballroom dance Valentine’s party, will take place on Feb. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Come join in the dance and fun and celebrate “love day” with good music provided by the ballroom dance class and enjoy light refreshments. And on Feb. 14 at 11:30 a.m. Valentine’s entertainment will be provided by the non-profit organization Heart and Soul. For savvy savers: Bowling at All Star Bowling in Draper will be open, no reservations needed, first-come basis. It’s located at 12101 S. State Street in Draper. (801) 5721122. Supporting a play at your local community theatre, Draper Historical Theatre has different on-going shows throughout the year, www.drapertheatre.org. If you and yours are in the mood to laugh, look into a comedy club near you. Fancy Foodies and Desserts: If you’re a foodie and you plan to splurge on your sweetie by deciding to indulge and tantalize your taste buds in ambiance, La Caille a French restaurant in Sandy, is having a Valentines seven-course dinner for $150 per person, reservations required. They are located at 9565 Wasatch Blvd. in Sandy. (801) 942-1751 And www.opentable.com is a simplified way to find a Utah Valentine’s Day Restaurant with open Reservations. Not feeling the crowds, Dairy Queen is having Cupids Cake, made from their traditional ice cream cake, perfect for sharing and it comes in the shape of a heart, a sweet treat for your sweetie that you can take home. Family: If you’re not already in touch with your inner child, perhaps taking the family to bounce around on some trampo-
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hen a bill is approved at the Utah State Capitol, the consequences can be cascading and far reaching. The Utah State General Legislative session runs from Jan. 28 to Mar. 14. During that time, there may be a bill that can negatively affect a city, financially and systematically. For cities to keep up with the thousand plus bills during a session, there must be some communication with legislators. City governments must make their own time and effort; there is no official meeting with state and city leaders. And with government officials constantly changing with each election, relationships can be difficult to maintain. One resource some cities turn to is lobbyists. A “‘Lobbyist’ means: an individual who is employed by a principal; or an individual who contracts for economic consideration, other than reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses, with a principal to lobby a public official.” (Utah State Code Chapter 11) Lobbying is defined as “communicating with a public official for the purpose of influencing the passage, defeat, amendment, or postponement of legislative or executive action.” (Utah State Code Chapter 11) There are strict rules in state code that dictate exactly how a lobbyist behaves with government officials, down to the size of font on their name tags. Most importantly is the required full disclosure of expenditures to government officials. Lobbyists are required to submit these disclosures to the state at the end of every quarter. This disclosure includes when, why, where and how the money was spent on an official, whether it be travel, lodging or food (above the value of $10). A professional lobbying firm, Foxley and Pignanelli, is employed by West Jordan City. Renae Cowley, associate lobbyist for F&P, explained that a lobbyist is not as much an influence but an informer. “We present lawmakers with facts and data that inform them of the broader scopes and impact of the laws that they are passing,” Cowley said. “A lot of times, they are unaware of these unintended consequences. At the end of the day, we don’t have a vote.” For example, in 2017 Operation Rio Grande was implemented that cleared Union Station of homeless individuals. Many moved to areas around the Jordan River. While there were other initiatives to help find housing for the homeless, it is not a problem solved. Now the cities along the Jordan River are responsible for the homeless but were not given any additional police resources or funding. It is now up to those cities to come up with the resources. This is particularly a problem in West Jordan, a city that
does not have a homeless shelter. Councilmember Alan Anderson described how this is a financial issue for the city and part of the motivation for their property tax increase. “We get the added crime for moving the Rio Grande, and we have to pay [West Valley and South Salt Lake] with homeless shelters with [sales tax] that we collect, which is how we’re funding police and fire,” Anderson said. “We have to make adjustments because the legislature changes things.” Having a knowledgeable voice to communicate these types of issues can make a big difference to a city. Lobbyists maintain professional relationships that may be difficult for individual cities to maintain while taking care of internal city needs. West Jordan Mayor Jim Riding explained his endorsement of lobbyists. “You get someone who’s elected, and he may have been a CEO of a tech company or a shoe salesman,” Riding said. “But now he’s going to go up and lobby, when the lobbyists are the ones that have the background and experience and know the people.” For West Jordan, lobbyists efforts have been fruitful. West Jordan, a city trying to boost its economic base, has been unable to invite a new car dealership. Businesses are required to pay full value on property (residents pay 40 percent) and car dealerships can significantly lift city budgets. State code prohibited similar car dealerships from being closer than 20 miles to another, and because of existing dealerships in neighboring cities, West Jordan was unable to invite a car dealership into their city limits. Lobbyists Foxley and Pignanelli were tasked with addressing this issue. “[West Jordan City Council] hired lobbyists to shrink the size of the circumference of the restriction that existed for a new car dealership,” said West Jordan City Manager David Brickey. “It used to be 20 miles, and they were able to cut it in half down to 10. For the first time since that enactment of law and it’s restriction, West Jordan could now be the home of a new car dealership.” Other cities choose to send their own leaders, rather than professional lobbyists. In recent years, Sandy City employed many professionals. But, when Mayor Kurt Bradburn was elected, he decreased the number of paid lobbyists and gave much of that responsibility to his deputy mayor, Evelyn Everton. “Having me here full time made it so that we didn’t need so many contract lobbyists,” Everton said. “We picked the best of the best that we had. Some of our lobbyists are focused on water issues, some of them are focused on securing state funding for infrastructure, and some are kind of catch all and helping to advocate for the city.” Everton explained the need that Sandy sees in lobbying with the state legislature. “These legislators are going to see about 1,000 bills over 45 days,” she said. “There is no possible way for them to know everything about every bill. A lobbyist’s job is to really understand how this legislation does affect certain industries and how it affects our city. That can be anything from how it affects our watershed, how it affects our tax dollars, how it affects our infrastructure or how it will affect our fire and police department.” Though lobbyists are a useful and loud voice on Capitol Hill, they are not the only voice, nor are they the loudest. “When paid lobbyists go up against a group of highly organized citizens, we lose every single time,” Cowley said. “Politics is for those who show up. Private citizens speaking on their own behalf for their own behalf are far more powerful than the paid lobbyists.” l
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Students FIND new opportunities By Jet Burnham | email@example.com
Students in the FutureINDesign program gain a new perspective of their future employment. (Jae Hwang/ Itineris)
he after-school program at Itineris Early College High School known as FutureINDesign, or FIND, teaches classes in coding and computer design. But students gain much more than technical skills. “They are learning great tech skills for professional development, as well as essential soft skills for personal and social devel-
opment,” said Jaeyoon ‘Jae’ Hwang, program coordinator. “It is the perfect mix for students before they become young adults.” Participants take 12 hours of classes each week. Professionals working in a variety of technical fields are regular presenters in class. Students also see real-life applications to the skills they are learning through frequent field trips to local companies such as Google, Adobe and Amazon as well as tech conventions and events. Hailey Hutchings realizes the program is a unique opportunity to learn directly from professionals, which will be an advantage when she enters the workforce. “I think it’s good that we have the opportunity to learn things like coding and graphic design because jobs are moving that way,” said the senior, who developed an interest in graphic design because of the program. “It’s fantastic that we have the knowledge as a head start.” One of the skills Jasmine Em has learned through FIND is how to create her own website. She realizes this is a skill that can benefit any company she wants to work for. “That’s why I’m doing this,” she said. “So, I can branch out and learn new things. Even though I’m not that interested in a career in computers, I’m still interested in the things that I learn.”
Sasha Poma said her participation in FIND has inspired her to be open to new career options. “I didn’t think I was going to do anything related to tech, but now I’m considering minoring or even double-majoring in computer science or graphic design because of what I’ve learned,” Poma said. Students gain experience and certification in several software programs, which Poma believes can still be an asset in jobs that aren’t specifically in the technical field. “When we go to college and have to get a job and pay for it, we have more skills in our tool belt in addition to our own unique talents,” Poma said. “In the end, what I’m going to learn and take away from it — at virtually no cost other than my time — is worth a lot.” Assistant Principal Jeff Bossard said while Itineris is a STEM-focused school, the program isn’t just for students who want to become computer programmers. He believes any student can benefit from the soft skills — problem-solving, goal setting, leadership, interpersonal skills — that make students more successful. “The program will open doors for those young people that we can’t even anticipate,” he said. Kathy Tran, one of the design instructors
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Majestic Elementary is playing for keeps By Jet Burnham | firstname.lastname@example.org
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n December, families from Majestic Elementary were invited to a family game night. They received a brand-new game of Sorry! along with tips on how to use the game to practice social skills with their children. The game night is an example of how Majestic staff supports their families and community — which they will not be able to continue to do if the district follows through with their plans to close the school in 2020. “You can’t do this at the other schools for these families—they wouldn’t be able to do what I’m doing,” said Principal Kathe Riding. Most principals can’t afford to buy games for every family in their school. But with just 340 students, Riding only had to
purchase 145 games (which she got for Black Friday prices). This is just one example of the ways Majestic staff members believe they can uniquely meet the needs of the students and community. “Our school serves a unique purpose, and closing it would be an injustice,” said Majestic teacher Heather Reisch. Majestic faculty members hope Jordan District officials will see the good work they are doing for the students and the community and see the value in keeping the school open. “This activity isn’t specifically geared toward that, but maybe it will be a happy side effect of helping people understand the sort of impact we can have on the community at this school,” said the school’s licensed social
worker Kami Huff. Huff planned the family activity as a way to invite parents to participate in the school’s social skills curriculum. The game Sorry! was chosen for the activity because it provides many opportunities to practice good sportsmanship. “It’s good for their social skills because you win a lot during the game and you lose a lot during the game,” Riding said. Travis George said playing the game with his son Dante George provided the first-grader practice dealing with disappointment. While Dante relished knocking his parents’ pieces out of play, he didn’t like getting his pieces sent back to start. Dante’s mom, Lisa George, said her son can get frustrated when things don’t go his way. She believes playing the game can help prepare him to handle disappointments that will occur in life. “Sorry!, I think, is a really good game for him because we can tell him, ‘Sorry, stuff happens,’” she said. Parents were encouraged to model appropriate responses for their child while playing the game together. Huff provided a worksheet with suggestions of how to say “sorry” and how to handle winning and losing appropriately. Huff suggested parents praise specific actions that helped the winner be suc-
cessful: not giving up, paying attention and planning ahead. Families were encouraged to discuss successful strategies, what each player did well and how they could improve the next time they play. “The whole point is to try to help kids learn how to play the game but also learn some life skills of how to handle these sorts of disappointments,” said Huff, who said losing is a big deal for elementary-aged kids. “It’s also something that can carry on in other areas of their lives. If you can learn how to lose, then you can learn to deal with being told no a little bit easier. It’s something that would carry over in other areas of their personal lives and also life here in school.” Jason Foster brought his kids — aged 4, 5 and 7 — to the activity night to spend a fun evening together. He said playing games as a family provides his kids with opportunities to be kind, share and take turns. Riding said playing games is a low-cost and simple way for young families to enjoy time together. She made sure every family, not just those who attended the event, received a board game to take home. The goal for the evening was to bring families together in fun quality time while providing a medium for social skills training, said Riding. l
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eachers at Falcon Ridge Elementary school notice that when dads volunteer in the classroom, their students are better behaved. “It’s a dad in the building and we see mostly moms,” said Jennifer Rasband, who teaches sixth grade. Principal Michelle Peterson said there are a few dads who do volunteer regularly. “They are awesome so we are trying to recruit more dads to come,” she said, promising their child will see them as a hero. Falcon Ridge recently introduced fathers to the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program. It is a way to invite dads and other father figures to be more involved in their child’s school. They were asked to volunteer for an entire day at least once this year. Dads will spend time helping in multiple classrooms as well as assisting with dropoff and pick-up procedures, lending an extra hand during lunch and recess, and performing a variety of security checks throughout the day. An informational kick-off meeting was held Jan. 9. Cody Rindlisbacher, a Falcon Ridge teacher whose children also attend the school, said the lines to get into the building, fill out a raffle ticket and get pizza were reminiscent of the lines at Disneyland. “I’ve never seen this big of a turn out,” he said. “It is awesome to see all of the father figures here come to help support their family and local school — that is amazing.” Peterson said through the program, fathers will gain an understanding of what their child’s day is like. Wade Brinton said, like many dads, he works outside of the home all day so his kids don’t see him that much. He sees volunteering at the school as an opportunity to remind his daughter that she is important to him. “I think it’s important to spend time with my student but also just to see the kind of environment she’s learning in,” he said. The program was introduced as part of January’s Family Month. “We’ve been going out of our way this
year to try and get more family involvement,” said Rasband. She said teachers appreciate when parents are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to support the school. Brady Anderson said he used to volunteer in the school more often when he had a flexible job schedule. It is harder now to make the time but he plans to actively participate in the Watch D.O.G.S. program. “I really liked being in the classroom,” he said. “I think the more support kids have, the better.” Peterson said volunteers will also be involved in security measures such as checking that outside doors are locked and walking around the parking lot throughout the day. “They will provide extra eyes and extra ears for safety and security,” Peterson said. As a dad and a police officer, Greg Bruerton looks forward to helping keep an eye on things at the school. He also believes good role models are important for children. Through his work with the corrections department, he has seen that kids from single parent homes may have less supervision and fewer good role models which can lead to poor life choices. “I think just getting the dads involved is a really good thing,” he said. Peterson welcomes anyone who wants to be a good role model for her students. Some volunteers are not traditional dads. Some are grandpas or uncles. Dustin Nye works full time and does not live with his daughter. He said he is always looking for ways to be more involved in her life and is excited for the opportunity the Watch D.O.G.S. program provides. “Even though I’m not the full-time dad, I still want to be a part of her scholastics,” said Nye. Students are looking forward to having their dads come to school with them. They will receive pencils and bookmarks as well as bragging rights when their special adult comes for the day. Pictures of the happy pairs will also be displayed on a special wall. l
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Under the direction of Brett Milliken, students are designing a 2-acre demonstration garden at the JATC South Campus. (Photo courtesy Brett Milliken/JATC)
hat is an internationally successful businessman and bestselling author doing in a middle school? He’s a teacher. Hiram Bertoch was reaching half a billion students around the world with his science education internet company. He was writing textbooks, training educators, advising government officials and significantly impacting the direction of science education worldwide. Bertoch said he “observed classrooms in the poorest parts of South America and the wealthiest parts of Europe.” “I may have had a global impact on education, but I was not having any impact whatsoever on individual students,” Bertoch realized six years ago. “My heart ached to work with my own students. I began the process of selling my company and of rearranging my life so that I could spend the rest of my career as a middle school science teacher.” Now a teacher at West Jordan Middle School, Bertoch doesn’t miss being a CEO, attending “boring meetings.” He believes science is naturally a fun subject—made even more engaging by his unconventional, throwout-the-book teaching style. “There’s no reason for me to be lecturing or to have the kids read out of textbooks,” he said. “The only thing I use my text book for is to level my pinewood derby track.” Bertoch uses hands-on, experiential activities to teach concepts from the curriculum. Students get a visual and personal understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion by witnessing the results of their cars in a pinewood derby race or the spectacular crashes of vehicles designed to protect an egg passenger in a demolition derby. “They score really well on tests because they’re not just trying to remember some-
thing they memorized,” he said. “They can build things and do things and learn how they work. And then they retain it.” Bertoch doesn’t hold back when it comes to interactive lessons. His students might find a stream built in the middle of the classroom to explore erosion or an earthquake table to test structures they’ve built with a moving plate tectonics simulation. “It’s a lot of work, but that’s why you’re in education,” he said. “You’re in education to make a difference with these kiddos. What I care about is that they are learning to be intelligent, that they’re learning to think and they’re having confidence in themselves.” He encourages his students to aim high. “It doesn’t matter if you were successful last year,” Bertoch said. “It doesn’t matter if your parents were successful or where you’re living, or what your race is—you can, right now, do as good as anybody else can.” Bertoch, father of seven, is also the author of 15 books, including an educational series and two bestsellers. Video games are welcome in this classroom After 30 years working in the flight simulation industry as an engineering manager, directing more than 150 engineers and traveling to 28 countries, Stacy Pierce took a 75 percent pay-cut to become a teacher. “I love teaching—I’m crazy about it,” said Pierce, who teaches freshman math at WJMS. “These ninth-graders—they either believe they can do math or they don’t,” she said. “I think this is really the last opportunity to change a kid’s mind, to instill confidence that they have the capabilities to succeed in math. The biggest part of my job is making them believe that they can do it—and I have never yet met a kid who can’t.” Pierce has found that students struggle to learn math when they think it doesn’t relate to their lives. “You’re working with X, Y and Z, and you have no clue why,” she said. Because of her real-world experience with math in military and commercial airlines simulations, she emphasizes real-life examples with her students. “It’s a lot more interesting to them if you can make the math related to something that they understand,” she said. “I try to relate as much as I possibly can to video games and to flight simulation because every single kid knows about video games.” For example, she relates new terminology to gaming concepts: If a character turns around, that’s rotation; if they walk forward, that’s translation. Pierce relates other concepts to students’ own experiences. She finds they are motivated to learn equations that will help them calculate the discount on a sale item and determine how many shirts they can afford on
their budget. Pierce wants students to understand that math creates opportunities for a variety of careers. She tells them, “If you can do math, every door is open; if you can’t do math, 80 percent of the doors close on you, and you’re only 14. Do you really want to close 80 percent of the doors right now?” Pierce was inspired to become a teacher by her father, who dedicated his life to Native American education. “When he passed away, I just decided it was time to try to pay it forward,” she said. “I didn’t need to make the money that I used to make; I needed to help kids open the doors to their potential.” Worthwhile sacrifices Jorge Chauca was on the front lines of cancer research while earning his degree in microbiology at BYU. After graduation, he started working for a large biotech company and was well on his way to a successful career when he realized he had lost his purpose. “I realized I was not really contributing toward anything; I was just making some guy rich,” he said. “I wanted to do something that had an impact in the community and on society—something more meaningful.” He moved back home to Peru where he started from scratch. He began tutoring students and then took a job as a teacher. “I just loved it and realized I can do this for a living,” he said. He earned his master’s degree in teaching at Westminster College and now teaches integrated science and AP environmental science at WJMS. “I have always believed that the students had to be hands-on but also minds-on with science,” he said. “Students have such a high capacity for learning. They have the chance to push their own brains to their full capacity—there are no limits for them.” While many science teachers set up a lab for students with step-by-step instructions to achieve a desired result, Chauca challenges his students to develop their own experiments. His early experiences of creating his own procedures while researching antioxidants in cancer prevention inspired this style of instruction. “I always start with inquiry-based activities and have students figure out, first, what is the thought process and then figure out what experiments they can run,” he said. “I can see them actually learning and not just regurgitating what I tell them.” While he did take a pay-cut when he became a teacher, Chauca said the biggest sacrifices he’s made are in sleep, time and freedom. In addition to teaching, Chauca also volunteers extra time to run the chess club and soccer leagues after school. During science fair season (which lasts four months at WJMS), he spends three afternoons a week
helping students with their projects. And as Latinos in Action adviser, he keeps busy with service projects and community involvement. He said it is rare that he finds a length of time free from responsibility long enough to visit his family in Peru. Growing potential As a wholesale perennial grower, Brett Milliken grew 1 million pots of plants each year. But when he realized he wasn’t growing professionally, he looked for a new field of opportunity. Milliken, a self-proclaimed horticulture geek, wanted to have more interaction with others who could appreciate his excitement about a new plant species or a multifaceted landscape design. “I didn’t have an outlet to pass on my passion and excitement,” he said. When he found an opening for a horticulture teacher, he realized he could share his passion with young people and plant seeds of enthusiasm for the future of the industry at the same time. Landscape architecture and horticulture, the two classes Milliken now teaches at Jordan District’s Academy for Technology and Careers, represent dwindling industries which are in need of a new generation of professionals. The problem is, according to Milliken, that many young people have misconceptions that these jobs are just mowing lawns and pulling weeds. Milliken utilizes his position to expand students’ understanding of the career options available. Many take his classes because they are already interested in the field, which gives Milliken his needed outlet. “I can geek-out because the students are all plant geeks, too,” he said. The position he accepted four years ago was to grow the program at JATC South Campus. Starting with a 2-acre plot, students have been involved in the design of a demonstration garden. They’ve had hands-on design experience working with a professional landscape architect through every step of the process, from design to installation to maintenance. “Having a teacher who has ‘walked the walk’ and has experience on the ground, out in the real world, brings a perspective to a classroom that a teacher that has just read about it can’t bring,” said Milliken. “I try to make things as close to a professional experience that they would have.” Students also grow plants in a 9,000-square-foot greenhouse and then learn to interact with customers when it is opened for sales to the public in the spring. The biggest adjustment Milliken has had to make since becoming a teacher is that his schedule has flipped. Summer is a slower time now, while as a grower, summer was his busy season. l
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wenty-two Jordan District administrators were given one week’s notice that they were being reassigned to a new school. Sandy Riesgraf, director of communications at Jordan District, said it is unusual for so many changes to be made mid-year. “When you’re opening five new schools in the next year and two the following year, that’s when it becomes necessary,” Riesgraf said. The change was abrupt — announced at a Jordan District board meeting Jan. 8 and effective just one week later. The appointments caused a domino effect in the administrations of a majority of schools in the district. Carolyn Bona, principal of Midas Creek Elementary, was appointed principal of the new elementary in Bluffdale, which will open this fall. Filling her spot is Megan Cox, who left Golden Fields and Rosecrest Elementary without an assistant principal. (These positions had not been filled as of publication time.) Cox said she felt comfortable with the sudden change and was confident to take on the role of principal. She has the support of several principals and district specialists she’s worked with over the years. “They’ve helped train me and teach me and coach me,” she said. “So, I still have a great support system.” Some schools were shocked and sad to lose their principals and assistant principals overnight. While the Fort Herriman Middle School faculty and community was excited for their principal, Rodney Shaw, to be given the opportunity to open the new middle school in Bluffdale in 2020, they were sad to see him leave after 14 years at their school. West Jordan Middle School lost an assistant principal in the shuffle — Eric Price replaced Shaw as principal at Fort Herriman. West Jordan High lost assistant principal Donna Hunter who was named principal at Oquirrh Hills Middle School when Michael
Glenn was appointed principal for the new middle school in South Jordan. “I know I have big shoes to fill,” said Hunter, who has worked with Glenn before. “I know it will be an adjustment for them, but if the kids will let me like them, we are going to have a great year. I am happy to have landed in the Eagle’s Nest.” Changes affected district positions as well. Becky Gerber, previously a consultant for the teaching and learning department at the district, became the new area administrator for elementary schools in the district. With a total of 37 elementary schools (and more in the planning phase), district officials decided to create an additional elementary area administrator position. The workload will now be spread among six area administrators to alleviate the workload and better serve schools. “We want them to be able to focus-in and be there for those schools,” Riesgraf said. Gerber said the district has provided a lot of support during the transition. She said several departments have been readjusted to accommodate the growth and address the changes in the district. “With that realignment of responsibilities, they are making sure that we have enough people to do the work at a level of quality,” said Gerber. “They’re making sure all of those assignments are getting completed effectively.” Riesgraf explained selections for new appointments were made from administrators who had applied to the district’s “administrative pool.” Three more announced changes will be effective Feb. 11. An additional 17 will be effective July 1, including replacements for eight district employees and administrators who will be retiring at the end of the school year. For a complete list of changes, see jordandistrict.org. l
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West Jordan Names ChamberWest as City’s Official Chamber of Commerce The West Jordan City Council recently entered into a $10,000 service agreement with ChamberWest recognizing them as the city’s official chamber of commerce. The new membership saves the city $38,000 per year and gives the city membership in a larger chamber of commerce with a regional presence. “We look forward to working with ChamberWest to promote West Jordan’s business culture and a positive business environment,” Economic Development Director Kent G. Andersen said. “ChamberWest is well respected and knows how to work effectively and develop productive partnerships with business communities and civic and political leaders.” ChamberWest is a regional chamber that serves 350,000 individuals and is available to serve approximately 9,000 businesses that operate in West Jordan, Taylorsville, West Valley City and Kearns. “We believe partnerships and collaboration between businesses, community members, and civic leaders are key to strengthening our region,” ChamberWest President Barbara Riddle said. “ChamberWest plans to fully engage with West Jordan businesses to meet their needs, not only serving as a regional chamber, but also dialed into the unique needs of West Jordan businesses. We invite businesses to take advantage of a membership rollover plan to expedite their engagement with ChamberWest as we provide a variety of unique opportunities to businesses as we work tirelessly to strengthen and promote the business community.” In August 2018, the City Council requested the Economic Development Department reevaluate the city’s chamber service agreement. As a result, the city drafted a request for proposal aimed to maximize public funds and look at the city’s economic goals and objectives. After going through the RFP/bid process, ChamberWest was selected as the official chamber of commerce on Jan. 9.
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Shaping Our Future In my recent State-of-the-City address, I reported some growth figures: Throughout 2018, the city received and approved 395 detached single-family residential building permits, 40 multi-family building permits, and 28 new commercial and industrial building permits for a total construction valuation of $238.1 million dollars. With this new growth, the city now has approximately 34,641 residential dwelling units. We have an average household size of 3.46 people per household, and preliminary numbers in advance of next year’s census estimate there are close to 114,000 people who can proudly call West Jordan home. Each of us is unique, but we do have common threads that unify us and determine our community values. We are a family-oriented community. Some of us are just starting out and some of us are retired, but many want homes with yards for children to play. We care about the value of what, for most of us, is our biggest investment – our homes. That means we care about maintaining the condition of our neighborhoods. We work – often in other cities – so we need well-maintained roads and transportation systems to get us there and back home quickly and safely. And, of course, we want to preserve a clean, safe, beautiful and sustainable community for future generations. How we achieve these community values will be determined, in great part, over the next several years, and, quite possibly, at the state legislature. By the time you read this, the 2019 legislative session will already be under way. It is becoming increasingly clear that many county and state officials expect and are prepared to pressure cities like ours with undeveloped land to bear the bulk of the burden of satisfying the need for additional housing. I recognize this need and believe – not only that we should, but we must – be part of the solution. But growth must be wisely planned. It must be supported by concurrent improvements in services and infrastructure, and it must be in keeping with our community values. To ensure these conditions, it is critical that cities maintain control of local land use and receive the funding and project prioritization necessary for infrastructure and services to keep pace with growth. I have been working closely with nearby cities facing the same challenge as well as our state representatives to ensure we have a voice at the legislature as these decisions are made. And we are striving to be a team player – to work with, be part of, and when possible, assume leadership roles within those organizations that formulate policy and make project funding and prioritization decisions that will help shape our City’s future. Sincerely,
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West Jordan Police Officer Awarded NAACP First Responder Of The Year City of West Jordan Detective Jody Wright was named a “First Responder of the Year” for 2018 by the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP at the 35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Luncheon held Jan. 21. “This is a great honor and is an acknowledgement of West Jordan’s commitment as well as Officer Wright’s personal commitment to justice for individuals,” said West Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine. Wright is currently assigned to the Investigations Division as a member of the Special Victims Unit where she is tasked with investigating child sex abuse cases. “Officer Wright performs her job at an exemplary level and demonstrates an Detective Jodi Wright and West extraordinary commitment to those Jordan Police Chief Ken Wallentine she serves. Her work ethic, investigative thoroughness and diligence in working through difficult cases has resulted in increased prosecutions, justice for victims and the likely prevention of further victimization of children,” said nominating supervisor Lieutenant Rich Bell. Wright was also recently recognized by the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center as their “Law Enforcement Professional of the Year” for 2018. Wright has been with the West Jordan Police Department since May of 2013. Prior to being assigned to the Investigations Division, she served in the Patrol Division.
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Recent Phone Scam If you receive an unsolicited call from someone asking for your credit card number, DON’T give it to them – even if they claim to work for the city. The city’s Customer Service Department has received a number of calls recently from people who have been victims of a phone scam where someone calls them claiming to be from the city’s Utility Division. The caller ID number that shows is 801-569-5020 and is a valid city number, but it has been spoofed. Sometimes the caller asks for money and says that water service will be disconnected if payment is not received over the phone immediately. This is a SCAM! The city does not solicit payments over the phone and our customer service representatives seldom call customers. If we do have a reason to call customers and you don’t answer, we will leave a voicemail. Please DO NOT make a payment over the phone to anyone who calls you unsolicited. If you have questions, you can call the main number at 801-569-5000 and press 1 to be connected to Customer Service.
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Nextdoor is the private social network for your neighborhood Nextdoor is the best way to stay informed about what’s going on in your neighborhood—whether it’s finding a last-minute babysitter, planning a local event, or sharing safety tips. There are so many ways our neighbors can help us, we just need an easier way to connect with them. All users verify their addresses, so you can be confident that your communications stay within a trusted environment designed just for you and your neighbors. Visit Nextdoor.com to sign up. Provide and verify your address to become a member of your local Nextdoor groups. The Nextdoor application is not owned or maintained by the City of West Jordan. All questions regarding its use should be sent to Nextdoor.com.
E-Waste Recycling & Document Shredding Did you know that the City of West Jordan holds quarterly e-waste recycling and document shredding events? The next one is Feb. 2 from 10 a.m.-noon in the City Hall parking lot, 8000 S. Redwood Road. West Jordan residents can bring up to two “bankers boxes” of paper for shredding and residential electronic waste each quarter. Documents will be shredded onsite. Hard drives can also be shredded if they have been removed from the computer. Unfortunately, televisions, CRT monitors, cracked LCDs and printers are not accepted. (Trans-Jordan Landfill allows some of those items to be deposited by our residents. Please contact Trans-Jordan at 801-569-8994 for more information.) Bring proof of residency or city employment (driver’s license, utility bill or city ID badge). For more information, contact 801-569-5700 or email email@example.com.
SNOW REMOVAL City street crews are responsible for clearing more than 855 lane miles of streets in West Jordan. (That’s more than the driving distance from Salt Lake City to San Diego!) Not all roads are the City’s responsibility. Some are state roads and are maintained by the Utah Department of Transportation, these are: • Redwood Road • Bangerter Highway • 7000 South from the Jordan River to Redwood Road • 9000 South from the Jordan River to 5600 West • U-111 from New Bingham Highway to the Northern City border • Mountain View Corridor • New Bingham Highway from 7800 South to west of U-111
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A limited amount of resources and the need to provide the greatest safety and benefit to the traveling public, in the most efficient manner, necessitate that priority be given to certain streets. Streets with higher traffic volume have a higher priority for snow removal service. Streets with lower traffic volume (subdivisions and cul-de-sacs) have the lowest priority. Our drivers follow the priority plow route listed below for safety and efficiency. It’s inefficient to pull drivers off the scheduled route to address individual complaints, so we ask that you please wait 24 hours after a storm before calling to report issues. CITY STREET PRIORITY CATEGORIES Priority One: These are arterial and major collector streets. Priority Two: These are generally subdivision collector streets. Priority Three: All other residential through streets, (excluding cul-de-sacs.) Priority Four: Cul-de-sacs and other dead end streets. The city incurs proportionally more time and costs clearing snow from cul-de-sacs than on typical “uninterrupted” stretches of streets. Because of the high cost-to-benefit ratio, and lower traffic volume, cul-de-sacs and dead end streets have the lowest priority, and will be the last areas addressed. Residents need to be prepared for winter driving conditions in Utah. Streets in subdivisions will be slick, and travelers will need to exercise caution and travel at a lower speed. Please note, if another storm passes through the area before all streets have been cleared, the process starts over from the beginning with the priority one streets. Questions? Please contact Public Works at 801-569-5700.
You are invited to join our Citizen Panel! Participants will be asked to share opinions on a variety of topics that impact our community. Input will be collected through online surveys and will be used to improve our city. Survey topics will include public opinion on political issues, quality of life, community events, city initiatives and general concerns. Because it may be diﬃcult for residents to attend City Council meetings or stay current on city issues, we utilize an online survey system that enables you to voice your opinion on topics that impact our community. The goal is to improve our community by helping elected officials make decisions based on public opinion — your opinion. Your personal information will not be sold or shared publicly. To fully understand the community viewpoint, demographic information will be requested but is not required. In order to receive and participate in these email surveys, you must opt-in. Email info@ wjordan.com to join the Citizen Panel.
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Help plan the 65th Annual Western Stampede VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Western Stampede Committee is looking for volunteers to help plan the 65th annual PRCA rodeo! Last year’s rodeo was awesome and featured 17 world champions, a record number of contestants, fireworks and more! Come be part of the fun and help bring this community tradition to life. Learn more about opportunities to serve on the Western Stampede Committee by emailing events@wjordan. com or calling 801-569-5160.
Golden anniversary turns golden moment for local school By Jet Burnham | firstname.lastname@example.org would just ask the lunch workers for an extra roll when she had a hungry student. Birch took the Parks on a tour of the school’s Principal Pantry, showing them the canned meats, cereal, pudding packs and boxes of mac-n-cheese that go home with students in need each day. Sherri was surprised at the number of students being served by the pantry. “We knew some students have trouble paying for lunch,” she said. “But I didn’t know it was this bad—I had no idea.” The Parks didn’t expect any attention from the press — they didn’t even tell their family about their gift. “For us, it’s just symbolic of 50 good years,” said Sherri. l
Principal Jim Birch and lunch worker Becky Hutchings met the Parks with a hug. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)
t was a golden moment at West Jordan High School when West Jordan residents Sherri and Bill Park celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a donation to help 50 students pay for their school lunch. “We wanted to celebrate—50 years is a long time,” Sherri said. “We’ve been trying to think of ways to celebrate besides the usual party thing, which doesn’t really work out well for us because we have so many disabilities.” Sherri called the cafeteria at West Jordan High School to ask if there were a few students they could help. She was told there were a few hundred students behind on their
lunch balances. Sherri told the lunch clerk that they wanted to donate $1,000. “She said, ‘Well, that’s nice’—then we both started to cry,” said Sherri. When WJHS Principal Jim Birch heard about the offer, he was touched as well. “I was shocked that on their day, their 50th wedding anniversary, that they would think of us,” he said. With nearly 50 percent of the student body on the free and reduced lunch program and about 50 homeless students, the donation was appreciated. “Obviously, we jumped at it,” Birch
said. “We have a lot of kids we feed that the only meals they get are through our breakfast program and our lunch program, and then what we’re able to give them through the Principal’s Pantry to take home. So, this will go a long ways to helping those kids.” The Parks chose to donate to WJHS because it is where their youngest son attended (30 years ago) but mainly because it is their neighborhood school. “These kids probably live near us,” said Sherri, who feels strongly about supporting local schools. She said there were not any In their 50 years of marriage, the Parks have freprograms like the Principal’s Pantry when quently donated to students who need extra support. (Jet Burnham/City Journals) she was a teacher in the 90s. At that time, she
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Wingardium Leviosa! Teens levitate at Harry Potter themed dance Photos by Amy Green
A few kids play cards outside the Yule Ball.
Teens pose for a photo in the library during the Yule Ball on Jan. 18 at the Viridian Event Center.
Teen wizards and witches smiled, laughed and danced during the Yule Ball at the Viridian Event Center on Jan. 18.
Teens stopped for a photo outside the dance arena at the Yule Ball, a formal dance for teens at the Viridian Event Center on Jan. 18.
Kids listen to jokes during a brief moment between songs.
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A New Year to focus on issues important to you
e’re well into the new year, and that means new opportunities to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our community. In January I was also sworn in to serve another term representing you on the Salt Lake County Council. Thanks to those of you who supported my re-election. To those who did not, please know that I take the charge to represent ALL my constituents very seriously, whether you voted for me or not. Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out if you need anything. I commit to being accessible and responsive to my constituents, and to bringing renewed vigor to the great tasks ahead of us as a community. For the coming term, as well as this legislative session, here are some of the key issues I’ll be focusing on. I’ve fought for our trails and open space, and I’m pleased to see added resources for the gem of the west side: the Jordan River
Trail. As I represent the county on the Jordan River Commission, I’ve had opportunities to support additional trails, a bike rental program, and added law enforcement along the river. I will continue to push for additional resources, because we need to keep this a fun and safe place for people and families to recreate. I also serve as a board member for Prevent Child Abuse Utah, and I’m a big proponent of education in our schools on this important topic. One in five kids in Utah will be sexually abused before age 18, and I’m determined to reduce this startling statistic. For free parent education, go to pcautah.org. I’m eager to see continued work at the state level for mental health crisis resources. Suicide is the most preventable cause of death, and I’ll be particularly interested to support legislation or county initiatives that can help curb this epidemic. As I serve on the
state’s mental health crisis commission, I will continue to push for things like more mental health counselors in schools and receiving centers in the valley. I also chair the county’s intergenerational poverty task force, where we’ve been collaborating with local leaders in human services, education, mental health, and local and state government to improve resources for impoverished families and remove any barriers to their success. Any legislation that supports families stuck in a cycle of poverty, in a fiscally responsible way, ought to be supported. We also need to keep the momentum strong on criminal justice reform, through improved substance abuse treatment programs and enhanced mental health tools in the community, so that those incarcerated don’t become repeat offenders. This, while still providing sufficient jail bed space to en-
able police to do their jobs, is vital. A safe community is my top priority. Another pressing issue that’s top of mind this time of year is our air quality. For the quality of life as well as overall health, increasingly working to curb emissions is something we can all get behind. Sensible government policy ought to be part of the equation, but all of us can do our part today by being more mindful of how much we drive and seeking to reduce trips. All of these issues, and many more, are intrinsically tied to the current and future success of our county and our state. I’m optimistic about the future of Salt Lake County and Utah because I’ve seen the goodness in our people, the strength of our economy, and the courage in our hearts to work even harder to build a bright future for our kids. Thanks for putting your trust in me to serve you once again! l
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Women freeride and unite at ski resort By Amy Green | email@example.com
Women enjoy talking together and with professional snowboarder Nirvana Ortanez (middle in blue) before the Women’s Ride Day dinner. (Amy Green/City Journals)
Backcountry.com hosted a Women’s Ride Day at Brighton Resort on Jan. 10. It was open to women of any skill level who registered. It was a day of snowboarding, complimentary barbecue, adventure films and a chance to ride top-of the-line winter gear. Dinner and drinks were “on the house” for ladies who met at Milly Express lift for the meetup. Backcountry.com is an online retailer that was formed by two guys in a Park City garage with a business dream. Since 1996, they sell specialty gear and clothing for a wide range of outdoor mountain sports. To start the 2019 year with style and ambition, Backcountry partnered with the Women’s Leadership Coalition to sponsor this relaxing day. It was for gathering women to shred up some sweet “gnar-pow” together (that’s old school for “gnarly powder man!”). Though after this event, gnar-pow is obviously a gender non-specific term. The point of the event was to inspire women who want to hit the slopes, to meet other women and try out the latest gear. Doing this can help women network and feel empowered in a male dominated sport. Marga Franklin, visual merchandising manager for Backcountry explained, “Our goal is to get people out there on the snow… sharing with other people who might be intimidated, but want to try. We have all the gear so they can come out.”
Burton and Nitro were there to offer free snowboard demos and the newest bindings. Brighton chefs served the ladies a hearty dinner of barbecued pork sandwiches and more. It was a tasty meal to replenish energy for taking more runs into the night. What’s not to enjoy, when there is good female company, food and snowboarding films starring talented women? Myllissa Pinchem attended. “I love how inviting everything has been. Coming out here today, everybody has been so welcoming. I’m a beginner and everyone was super nice letting us demo the boards. Having the opportunity like this and having other women that share the same passion is really awesome,” she said. Backcountry recognizes that women can benefit by meeting together in an adventure setting. The attendees agreed that women doing sports together is important. When businesses give back by promoting core passions, with women celebrated as a part of it, it sends a positive message. It is a message (for women who already love the outdoors) to feel equal in sports. It’s also a message to encourage women who are on the fence about trying new things. Nirvana Ortanez, a professional snowboarder, was there. “Look up events like this and just come. It’s the best way to get intimidation out of the way. We take time out of our schedules and travels to be here at
these events, to really encourage women who might be intimidated,” she said. Ortanez has been highlighted in TransWorld Snowboarding as a woman with some serious commitment and skill. Women are also popping out of the woodwork, with talent for filming and photography in snowboarding. Gill Montgomery, a freelance photographer, knew about the event because she shoots professional snowboarders and lives in the area. “Whenever there is a female event, I’m all about it,” Montgomery said. “It’s great because there are so many girls in the industry that never really get together. Events like this show girls, even younger girls (and girls not as confident in snowboarding), that there is a community — that we are very welcoming;
that you can reach out and go to events like this and be comfortable and accepted.” When it comes to getting more involved in sports like snowboarding, Montgomery related, “It always seems kind of intimidating, especially as a female (you’re constantly second guessing yourself). You just need to find a group that you can ride with, and there really are other girls to shred with. Go out and get involved.” She recommended visiting a local ski shop for info, and paying attention to upcoming events. It was a day of sweet gnar-pow, and even sweeter intentions put into action by Backcountry.com. One can follow on Facebook to watch for more events at www.facebook. com/Backcountry. l
Backcountry.com’s van parked near Brighton Resort’s Milly Express lift marked the place for women to gather for snowboarding, food and free gear demos. (Amy Green/City Journals)
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n December, the Utah High School Activities Association released its final determination for region alignments for the upcoming school year. “I personally would like regions to stay set for four years,” Herriman Athletic Director Brad Tingey said. “It gives us a chance to establish some rivalries, but I think we have been treated fairly. We have been hurt playing teams from Utah County as far as attendance. Being located so close develops better fan support. The new region puts us with more natural rivals.” The realignment committee consisted of 16 members, including an athletic director, a representative from each classification in the state, a private school, charter school and six board of trustee members. The committee received current enrollment numbers on Oct. 1 and arranged each school into six classifications. The committee delivered a first consideration in October for schools to evaluate. Mountain Ridge was considered a bubble school in the 6A classification. Bubble schools were allowed to argue which of two classifications they should join. After consideration they choose to move into 5A. “The new regions for 2019–20 are going to be a great challenge for our programs,” Copper Hills Athletic Director Darby Freeland said. “We have some good rivalries formed with Bingham and Herriman. Adding East and West presents a new element as, they have had good success.” The 2019 alignment for Region 3 will include Bingham, Copper Hills, East, Herriman, Riverton and West. Mountain Ridge High School will compete in Region 7 against Alta, Jordan, Lehi, Mountain View, Orem, Timpanogos and Timpview. Providence Hall and Summit Academy will continue to compete against each other in Region 13. RSL Academy competes in Region 15. “I think the rivalries are important,” Riverton Athletic Director Dan Henderson said. “That is when the students actually attend the games because they are important to them.”
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Herriman basketball will find themselves playing against familiar opponents next season after the UHSAA sets realignment. (Greg James/City Journals)
The UHSAA oversees 109 state championships over 10 boys and 10 girls sanctioned sports. Executive Director Rob Cuff emphasized the importance of balance in its regions at the board confirmation meeting. “We wanted more like schools in each region,” Cuff said in an open meeting about alignment. “It minimizes risk, especially in football. Some say it is watered down, but now we have similar schools playing each other. There is not a big difference in school size.” The committee uses two factors in its decisions: enrollment and free lunch applications. Cuff said the committee looks for things that can be measured to make alignment decisions. “There are 51 different high school associations around the country, and there are 51 different ways to work this out,” he said. “There are states that use the success factor in determining regions. We have not felt that is the way we want to do it yet. Some want it that way; others don’t. I have heard mixed feelings on some of our regions like Region
2 (Cyprus, Granger, Hunter, Kearns, Taylorsville, West Jordan), but we feel this is a group of like schools, and it may not be the strongest, but it is competitive.” Some have argued that the qualifications for state tournaments should be changed to allow more competitive teams into the state playoffs. “I think it is unfair that some better teams sit at home during playoff time,” Herriman head boys basketball coach Scott Briggs said. “Maybe the region champions should get a bye into the tournament and then the lower place teams play-into the tournament. I am not sure how to do it, but we need to look at it.” There is a motion for the UHSAA to analyze its playoff formats. Currently, the top four teams in each region qualify for the state tournament. In 2019, Region 1 will have eight schools, while the other three regions in the 6A classification each have only six. The UHSAA is scheduled to analyze the enrollment and realign its members in 2021 l.
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Pools at a premium in Jordan School District By Greg James | email@example.com
here are five and soon to be six high schools in the Jordan School District. They have only two swimming pools (soon to be one) among them for practices and swim meets. The coaches and participants are losing the Marv Jenson facility in South Jordan and currently use JL Sorenson in Herriman. Some of the participants are becoming frustrated. “It is disappointing when the district spends millions on other sanctioned sports but not as much on swim,” Herriman head coach Michael Goldhardt said. Other coaches have seen their programs diminish also. “I think as we look around at our schools, we see a big decline in the swimming programs,” second-year West Jordan swim coach Tim Pollock said. “We are down to about 18 swimmers this season. I was on the West Jordan swim team in 2008. Ten years ago, we won the state championship and had at least 45 swimmers. There are times when half my kids can’t make it to practice because of transportation or other issues.” The Jaguar swim team, in conjunction with the school district, rents practice time at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center across the street from Kearns High School. Pollock said not having a local pool changes the makeup of his team. “It definitely affects us,” he said. “There are no youth programs in the area. Swimming
needs kids that have experience from a young age. The local club teams have strong high school teams nearby. Of my 18 kids, only six have ever swam before. Only one did a youth program. We are lucky to use Kearns, and they have been fantastic to work with, but we share the pool space with Kearns and Copper Hills at the same time.” The Granite School District is rebuilding Skyline and Cyprus high schools pools, each at the cost of about $4 million. “I am not sure if Jordan District needs to be in the pool building business,” Pollock said. “I think the cities should look into building a useable facility, not just for recreation but for competitive swimmers. I think that would be a positive step forward.” Jordan School District board member Darrell Robinson has been championing the swim teams’ cause. He presented his ideas to the school board in late 2017. “This is a big need for our community,” he said. “It is something that we need to take care of. I posted it on Facebook and got 32,000 hits. By far, the swimming community feels under-served. My kids don’t swim very well because we don’t have access to pools close by.” Swimming pools can be longtime purchases. They can last 50-60 years. The school district is trying to decide if building the pool or searching for usable space is its most desirable solution, according to Robinson. Op-
Herriman water polo has excelled recently despite sharing a pool with three other teams. (Michael Goldhardt/ Herriman swim)
position to the idea claims the yearly operating costs could be expensive. “It is interesting, from what I have seen, the yearly budget is about $100,000,” Robinson said. “It’s not as bad as I expected. I think sharing the pool and raising money through rental fees and city contributions could be the way to offset some of that cost. This problem comes from decades of neglect, and we have learned we cannot put a pool by every school.” Swimming is a life skill that has a value that cannot be attached. Robinson hopes to help swim teams increase participation and skill level. “It would be tragic if we had a football
team without a football field or a basketball team without a court,” Robinson said. “If we are going to build these comprehensive high schools, then we need to offer the facilities to match it. If we want to do away with that then we should not offer the programs. This has become a high priority to the board, and it is changing every day. We have lots of options. Some could be done sooner, but we want to make the right decision because it lasts for decades.” As for this season, the teams will continue to share space and work to become better. “My team is dropping times and getting better,” Pollock said. “We hope to get better and increase our numbers.” l
A large crowd watches on at the Region 2 swim finals last season, many successful swim programs have added access to pools making it easier to train their participants. (Greg James/City Journals)
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idley Shaw, a ninth-grader at Joel P. Jensen Middle School, is set to be exposed to the soccer experience of a lifetime. He was chosen with 18 other players from around the United States to participate in the Real Madrid Foundation Training program. “Real Madrid came and did a camp here in South Jordan,” Ridley’s mother, Christy Shaw said. “He was one of 18 kids chosen across the entire country. He will go for a week and train with the teams coaches in Madrid, Spain.” His competition soccer club, Utah Soc-
cer Alliance, sponsored the camp in South Jordan. Real Madrid F.C. coaches supervised the training and selected only one player from Utah to participate in the Spain trip, Ridley. The trip and training are sponsored by Adidas International. The weeklong camp will have laundry facilities so as Christy Shaw said, “He can wash his lucky and stinky socks.” He will need to pack his lucky socks for eight days of training. “It is pretty cool,” she said. “I am pretty proud. He is a great kid, and he really works
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his butt off playing. He has earned it. He does double practices and is in pickup games all of the time. He practices extra sometimes three days a week, four hours a day.” Ridley began playing soccer when he was 7 years old. He started as a recreational player through West Jordan Youth Soccer and has played club soccer for six years. “I like to be a versatile player,” he said. “I like dribbling the ball and taking on players. I played a lot of sports when I was younger.” The 15-year-old midfielder is the leading scorer on his competition level USA team. As a midfielder, he has learned to play offense and defense well. “I think his success in the sport has been a total package,” Christy Shaw said. “He has made lifelong friends. His confidence has improved. It has made him a positive kid. Him having a passion for something is exciting as a mom. He is an honor roll student. He volunteers with a nonprofit helping serve kids meals on the weekends.” Ridley has an older brother, Rylan. He credits him for his interest in the game. “It makes me feel good to get picked,” Ridley Shaw said. “I think what I am doing is paying off. It gives me confidence for the future. I would like to play high school soccer at West Jordan and go on to a college team.” His family is going to travel with him and participate in the tour also. As part of the experience, he will tour Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Real Madrid’s home field), its state-of-the-art training facility and the Adidas Megastore in Madrid. He will play friendlies against Spanish soccer club teams and have an inside look of the daily life of and academy player. He is excited to participate in the training camp. Real Madrid F.C. was founded in 1902 and is one of the most successful clubs in soccer history. They have won 33 La Liga titles and 12 UEFA Champions League titles. l
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Jaguar senior Elijah Reives is part of the crop of players that have been coached by new head coach mason Sawyer since they were sophomores. (Greg James/City Journals)
he emotion and tenacity that the Jaguars’ new head coach played with can be seen in his team. Mason Sawyer is instilling the team how important defense can be. In a game against Viewmont earlier this season, there was a turnover near mid-court. As the Jaguars converged on the ball, arms were flailing, the team communicated and managed to cause a bad shot, which they rebounded and in turn start their own fast break. “Our biggest strength is how hard we play,” Sawyer said. “We take tremendous pride in our defense. I don’t know where we fall in line compared to other teams, but we work hard on that.” The Jaguars’ defense currently ranks second in Utah High School Activities Associations 6A classification, allowing only 50.6 points per game (Pleasant Grove is first with 48.3). They are 4-3 when they hold their opponents to under 50 points. The 6-foot-8-inch senior Michael Dawson has become a force in the center defensively. He averages nearly one block per game and five rebounds. “He (Dawson) is one of anchors,” Sawyer said. “We try to keep him in the middle to discourage shots defensively.” Jakob Josephson has been playing on an injured ankle but still averages 10.2 points per game to lead the team. In the 42-35 loss to Viewmont early on this season, he visited the trainer’s table several times before finally taking a seat for the final few minutes. “Jakob is one of our best players,” Sawyer said. “He really keeps us on track. We just need to have someone else step up in those tough situations.” Dawson is averaging eight points per game, and Gabe Evans has pitched in nine. Sawyer said he has been impressed with Kayden Al-Mosawi. “He (Kaden) does more with less than any other player I have ever seen,” Sawyer
said. “He is undersized and not the most talented or athletic kid, but he puts up some big numbers for us.” Al-Mosawi is averaging nearly nine points per game and five rebounds. The Jaguars’ new coaching staff has changed a few things but has kept the foundation the team had established years ago. “I have started adding some new things,” Sawyer said. “Our zone offense is a lot different, but our defensive principals are about the same. I have had lots of experience with these kids. I have coached our senior group for three years. We have a good relationship.” Sawyer graduated from West Jordan in 2009. He was part of the second state title at the school and selected First Team All-State his senior year. He also holds the school record for assists. He attended Dixie State University after graduation. In his college career he averaged 12.3 points per game and had a career high 10 assists in a game against Azusa Pacific in 2015. He joined the Jaguar staff in 2016 and coached the sophomore and junior varsity teams under the direction of Scott Briggs. When Briggs left West Jordan, Sawyer applied for and received his opportunity to begin his coaching career. “Honestly, there is some pressure (to following Briggs); he is an amazing coach and has had some success here,” Sawyer said. “His are big shoes to fill, but he left us in very good shape with a great group of kids. I want to win as bad as the next guy.” West Jordan competes in Region 3 against Taylorsville, Riverton, Herriman and Copper Hills. West Jordan lost to Briggs and his Herriman team on Jan. 18 43-48. The Jaguars hosted Copper Hills Jan. 29. The state basketball tournament is scheduled to begin Feb. 25 at Weber State University. l
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You were just in a car accident, now what?
nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If
the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance
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Please Congratulate the 2018 Share The Magic Award Winners: The Ambassador of the Year is the business professional who consistently goes above and beyond to help their fellow business owners build a successful and sustainable future within the community. 2018 AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR: Bruce Hoins, Hoins Tech Likewise, the Board Member of the Year is the volunteer who spends the most time and effort helping businesses survive and thrive so that they too can become a valuable piece of the local economy. 2018 BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR: Cameron Wilkins - American United Credit Union Craig Dearing's Legacy is one of a community builder, one who not only helps other business professionals be successful, but also gives back to the people of the community to create a quality of life that we all strive for. 2018 CRAIG DEARING LEGACY AWARD: Rob Dinsdale, Chick-Fil-A Councilman Burton and Councilman Jacob not only took the time to really understand the challenges that West Jordan businesses are facing, but they stood courageously with the business community and consistently voted for business friendly legislation that will promote healthy economic development in West Jordan. 2018 100% BUSINESS FRIENDLY VOTING RECORD: Councilman Dirk Burton Councilman Zach Jacob The West Jordan Chamber of Commerce honored those businesses that have been a part of the Chamber for 30 years! Their commitment to each other and the rest of the business community here in West Jordan has been steadfast through recessions as well as times of prosperity. 2018 CHAMBER CHAMPION 30 YEARS OF CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP: Jordan Valley Medical Center Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Dave's Body Shop, Inc. Interstate Brick Asphalt Materials Jordan Credit Union Dominion Energy
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Behind the Grind(er)
ver wonder what the best bang for your buck is at the coffee shop? Let’s take a journey through my years working as a barista at local and corporate coffee shops. As a customer, you have all sorts of options to get your caffeine fix: drip coffee, espresso drinks, teas, iced blended drinks, cold brews, etc. Let’s focus on drip coffee. Drip is a coffee shop’s equivalent to what you make at home in your coffee pot, just on an industrial scale. We’ll grind the beans, measure out the correct amount, throw that in a filter, make sure the brewer is set to pour the correct amount of water, and hit a “brew” button. If you’re looking for something simple, drip coffee is the best deal at any coffee shop. Depending on the size, and if you’re going to use your own cup, drip coffee is priced anywhere from $2 to $4. Or, if you plan to hang out, most shops will offer “to stay” refills for a reduced price. However, most of us don’t want to get plain drip coffee when we visit a coffee shop. Usually, we desire something fancier, something with espresso. The options for espresso drinks are vast: doppios, lattes, flavored lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos, cortados, macchiatos, mochas, flat whites, dirty chai lattes, blended drinks and signature drinks. Instead of detailing every one of those, I suggest focusing on the most important factor for making your important morning decision:
the ratio of the amount of espresso to the amount of product. Depending on your taste buds, some drinks might suit your wallet better than others. For example, the espresso quantity in a latte and a mocha are equivalent, but there can be as much as a $1 difference between the drinks. For chocolate lovers out there, it’s worth it to get the mocha. But for customers focused primarily on caffeine, a latte would be the way to go. For espresso drinks, one of the main considerations is size. If there are three size options for a single drink, it’s important to ask how many shots are going in each size. At a popular corporate coffee shop, there are three size options for espresso drinks — the equivalent of a small, medium and large. Here’s the big secret: there’s generally the same amount of espresso in a medium and a large. The difference comes down to the other products: milk, flavoring, water, concentrate, tea. Anytime I visit a coffee shop, I always order the equivalent of a medium, because there are more espresso shots than a small, but less product to dilute the espresso (and add more calories) than a large. Subbing is a secret trick. Many coffee shops will charge 50 to 75 cents for extra shots, additional flavorings, or a milk substitution. If you order something like a vanilla hazelnut latte with coconut milk and an extra shot, you’ve just added $2 to your
drink price. Instead, you might want to find a drink on the menu that already has coconut milk (check the specialty drinks) and sub out whatever flavor that drink has for your desired flavor. Sometimes, it’s worth pricing out where your favorite drink would be cheaper if you subbed products, and where it would be cheaper just to ask for the additional flavor. Last, but not least, please tip your baristas. I know that seems contradictory. You say, “Wait, we are going to save a few extra cents on a drink just to spend more money by tipping?” Yes, but hear me out. Even if the baristas won’t admit it, or even when they are trying hard to be objective toward customers, they’ll remember who tips well. If you tip your baristas, they’ll make sure to treat your drink with a little extra love.
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Life and Laughter—Cold Snap
n the lovely, winter song, a family travels over the river and through the woods to visit grandma. It sounds idyllic, with everyone bundled in fur robes as a happy, prancing horse carries them through snow drifts. I call bull-shenanigans. Winter travel is never that picturesque. My winter driving dread usually starts around 5 a.m. when the snowplow drops its blade outside my bedroom window. First, I want to murder the snowplow driver. Second, I want to burrow in the blankets and not get out of bed until Easter weekend. I don’t know if there’s one inch of snow or three feet, but I know stupid drivers will hit the streets soon, causing mishaps and mayhem. Once I’m ready for work, I jump in my car where the faux leather seats have frozen over like a glacial lake and the steering wheel is now made of solid iceberg. I shiver uncontrollably as I crank the heater up and run through my wide vocabulary of cold-weather swear words. Jack Frost isn’t nipping at my nose; he’s chomping my entire face. Utah drivers are always encouraged to drive smart and read up on winter safety tips. Of course, no one does that, so freeways turn into demolition derbies on ice. Some advice includes: • Never mix radial tires with other tires (because those radial tires are anti-social as hell). • Keep the gas tank at least half full. (Hahahaha!) • Steer where you want to go. (This seems like a trick suggestion.)
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